Vision (1995)

by Dan Frechette

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1.
King Merchant I once met a man who lived on a hill his name was King Merchant His head was an illusion he was from a town called worthless He said life was just a game to him his odds of winning were few his odds of gambling were great in his crazy state in his mind state. He'd wake up in the morning and say "hello" to yesterday I'd stop by his little window and I'd tell him "hey, it's today" He once joined an army digging for fools gold they left him there still digging but he felt at home oh he felt at home. (chorus) Why am I King Merchant's friend? Tell me why? Oh why? And why does he nod along to everything I say? I still know a man who lives on a hill His name is King Merchant He's still digging for fools gold but not alone he's with me. (chorus)
2.
Elizabeth 02:25
Elizabeth Where are you? Take me home, Elizabeth! Bring me back to my hometown Where the time went so slow and the days felt like years I love you. Your face is in my mind, Elizabeth all the time - all the times I'm not with you and I find myself laughing everytime you appear Oh - Elizabeth Oh! Where are you? Take me home, Elizabeth! Bring me back to my hometown I don't trust my shoes Frozen in the soil Frozen with fear Oh - Elizabeth Oh! I love you. Your face is in my mind, Elizabeth all the time - all the times I'm not with you and I find myself laughing everytime you appear Oh - Elizabeth Oh!
3.
Happy Hour 02:59
Happy Hour When four walls surround you and you're tired and about to drift to sleep and Mr.Moonlight whimpers a scarlet shadowy melody (Chorus) When you were young shining so bright in the sun Did you ever explain that you wished it would rain? And now that the night has you vanishing from sight Don't you wish happy hour would just die away? When I was a little child I used to play these little tricks and games and if something got broken well I, I always knew that I had a friend to blame. (Chorus) When I was young shining so bright in the sun I always complained and I wished it would rain? And now that I'm old I wear my darkness like a coat and I wish happy hour would just die away. (Chorus) When you were young shining so bright in the sun Did you ever explain that you wished it would rain? And now that the night has you vanishing from sight Don't you wish happy hour would just die away?
4.
Vision 03:01
Vision Somebody out there touched me tonight I hope you can see me through these sillhouette lights Vision Come to me Where do you hide? Vision I can't see Where are your eyes? Caressing the silence she dances alone searching for someone someone to hold Vision come to me come by my side Vision I believe I'll love you tonight There's a meaningless distance between us Just like the distance that surrounds us all Darkness hides and lets me see you for the very first time at all The last of sweat runs off your breast into the puddle of passion you're melting in. Vision I believe I'll love you tonight Vision come to me into my life x 2
5.
When The War Breaks Out You can hang your sign on me and follow me around and smile While you preach for the sake of others and disappear when the war breaks out I don't know what you're planning to do but whatever you do is cold you gather your people around you and disappear when the war breaks out. When you feel the time has come you quietly end the fight Laughing at those cowardly fools who escaped when the war broke out. When your mind is on the loose you come to me and explain how these drastic measures will be reduced before the laws go down and disappear when the war breaks out and disappear when the war breaks out When the time is gone and life around you dies you complain how life is treating you and it's confusion all around. You say you think I let you down is it worth the waste of time? in the ruins of the 20th century to even care about who lost? You disappear when the war breaks out. You disappear when the war breaks out. Well, disappear when the war breaks out. Disappear when the war breaks out. disappear when the war breaks out. disappear when the war breaks out.
6.
Angel Of Mercy Angel of mercy flying alone Mystifying mistress from the maelstorm Angel of mercy let your mercy go and be my angel of freedom Let's run for shelter from the coming of the storm I see vague traces of lightning angel of mercy I want nothing more than to be with you when I'm escaping Let's wander out into the night by ourselves find some pleasure in the darkness Take these eyes away from myself let them see into your heart now. Angel of mercy flying alone Mystifying mistress from the maelstorm Angel of mercy let your mercy go and be my angel of freedom
7.
Yesterday's Blooming Flower I've got a friend who thinks out loud and tells me of her dreams Someday soon she'll touch my soul and make them true I have watched storms with her barefoot in the rain we haven't done much else together but come what may (chorus) She's yesterday's blooming flower tomorrow's blossomed rose I watch her as the storms go by and I watch her as she grows (and my good old gypsy friend knows) and someday we will meet with no secrets left to say and we'll learn to sleep and dream on the bed where lovers lay Her eyes have witnessed nothing but darkness death and pain Someday soon she'll realise she's not to blame Her wishing well days will be over soon you can tell by how she tries to take the smiles with the blues and the sun with the night. (chorus)
8.
Ballad Of A Survivor People say that my life lies somewhere between A messed up mind and a thousand swept up dreams. The time it has come so please listen to my song and don't take concern on where I am from For I am a wanderer I'll be lost until I'm found. I must have had nerve to show up with nothing to show Except a fear I was jealous of those dreams of yours. I stood by my promise to be better than that To be living in paradise while living on the edge And forever I'll be with the past behind me Hope forever won't be as long as it will be. I steered out from home without ever swallowing my pride I wanted more out of this than a life full of lies. Somebody told me I needed a plan Somebody told me someday I would stand With a mind of memories seeking revenge.
9.
Colonel Poguey In E Major There was this guy I knew from back in my hometown We went to school together as old children We used to kick stones all along this road here, you see and we used to talk about girls. His name was Charlie, don't you know? He was a bit confused because the folks loved him and the schoolkids hated him. I was his only friend. He used to bring me to his uncle's house. Yeah, we'd go play hide and go seek down in the sewerline and I'd always find him. He'd be there whistling "colonel poguey". Whistling "Colonel Poguey in E Major", he used to say. (chorus) And then we'd talk about girls. and then we'd talk about girls, girls, girls And then we'd talk about girls And then we'd talk about girls. Few years later me and Charlie hitched off together Went to find some action in nearby Denver Without any money so Charlie tried his luck Whistling "colonel poguey" on a streetcorner. Well everyone turned as they passed us on the main drag they threw a couple of coins in his hat. Soon we had enough to buy ourselves a bus ticket back home. (chorus) Few years later still I went as a pipefitter in Birmingham. Charlie went as a streetman. We never crossed paths again. Because Charlie got shot, you know? Charlie got shot my some foreign face in Utah who stole Charlie's earnings for gas money - but not without a fight. Well, I cried but it was God's will. I cried but it was God's will. Yeah, now when I see two kids kicking stones. I ask them if they know the song "Colonel Poguey" When they say "No" I teach them the song. (chorus)
10.
Somebody Died Yesterday I raise my glass to the widow in disguise I raise my glass to the ones who knew you well I raise my glass to these strangers dressed in black, knowing that, somebody died yesterday somebody died yesterday Halo-headed criminals with personal desires Children of calamity their hearts are still on fire Confusion rid them of their minds again they must find the time to hide their eyes away because when seeing is believing the sunlight splits the haze Somebody died yesterday Somebody died yesterday. When the bully falls I'll be laughing Man, ain't life unkind? Agony takes another drag off her cigarette and smiles. There is always something left to face Forget about your wounds they'll heal someday I'll be waiting for my anger to bleed those beasts away in sorrow Somebody died yesterday Somebody died yesterday. Paper-hearted metaphors seeking where to hide Branded from existence reality tells a lie there is always something left to blame the rose gets wilted and nothing stays the same there is nothing left to yell and less to take away Somebody died yesterday Somebody died yesterday The lonesome ghostly widowed lover May I kiss the night? Love was her religion Truth was her sacrifice. But who will know just where that truth was laid? The drunken politician cries today He once knew all the answers but now there's nothing left for him to say but "my buddy died yesterday" but my buddy died yesterday. I raise my glass to the ones who knew your name I raise my glass to the ones who felt your pain I raise my glass to the ones who played your game Somebody died yesterday Somebody died yesterday.

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released April 8, 1995

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Dan Frechette at Stonehenge Studios between September and November 1994. All songs and instruments by Dan Frechette.

All songs Copyright Dan Frechette (unless otherwise noted) and registered with SOCAN.

Cover photos Derek Owen.

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